For this week I want to talk about “This Fucked me up: Ken Burns’s The Vietnam War“, by Kevin Nguyen. I know this isn’t the required text of the week, but it was recommended and I really enjoyed the article. Kevin talks about how mostly/all war movies are from the point of view of Americans, we never really get to see the POV of the others in the war, and personally I think there should be more movies from that side. We never get to see the pain they felt, only from the Americans I can relate to because I am American, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t care about every other person, race, or ethnicity out there.
Watching the doc, the pain I felt, like Vietnamese pain has always been, was invisible. It was not a sharp or acute pain, not one you feel in your heart. It was not a soulful one either, if you believe in a soul. It was a lingering pain, the kind you feel in your bones and your joints—one I’d felt all my life, generational trauma passed down that was suddenly flaring up like an inherited disease.
Even though Kevin was not alive for this war, or in the war he still could feel the pain of his people from this 18 hour documentary that finally shows the side of the Vietnamese. It is crazy how one thing can be so personal, and how this is one of the few movies, documentaries and films that shows the other sides perspective. Another great point from this article is the fact that he was talking to some podcast host and didn’t even get to tell his perspective of the documentary because the host had never seen the documentary, was saying no one should watch it, and when Kevin tried to speak went on his phone and stopped listening. So this leads me to my two questions: Do you think their should be more films and other things about the perspective of others from the wars? And, if you have watched the documentary what did you think of it, did it do a justice like Kevin Nguyen says?